If you’re anything like me, the last time you thought about the Blue Stoops, it was Christmas and you were outside talking nonsense to people who had come back to Dronfield for the seasonal festivities. Perhaps, a lad dressed as Santa punched your friend in the face? (Remember that, Elliott?)
Well, independent brewers True North Brew Co (http://www.truenorthbrewco.uk/) have bought The Blue Stoops, and they intend not just to restore it, but to upgrade it to a more worthy status as a gastro pub with the introduction of a new commercial kitchen.
You may remember True North Brew Co from other boozy establishments such as: The Forum Bar, The Old House, The Common Room, The York, The Broadfield and The Riverside. Basically, a company capable of running many venues with individual identities, simultaneously.
I had the good fortune of bumping into a few members of the True North Brew Co at Dronfield Business Forum, a monthly networking event for local businesses hosted at 10a High Street, on Wednesday. I’m scant on the details but they assured me later this year the refurbishment will be finished, with not just a commercial kitchen, but an upgraded bar and a desperately sought function room.
If their other venues and reputation as brewers are anything to go by, I think Dronfield can expect the new Blue Stoops to deliver a totally new style of public house. Something which is badly needed.